Sand, Karl Ludwig

BORN 5 Oct 1795, Wunsiedel - DIED 20 May 1820, Mannheim: Heidelberger Tor
GRAVE LOCATION Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg: Hauptfriedhof, Röntgenstrasse (Abteilung I.5 (Grab 83))

Son of the judge of Wunsiedel. He studied theology in Tübingen and became a member of the Burschenschaft (student movement) "Teutonia". In 1815 he was a memeber of the Germany army that fought Napoleon, but he didn't see action himself.

In 1816 he continued his studies in Erlangen where he founded a Burschenschaft himself. In 1817 he moved on to Jena, where he joined the local Burschenschaft. In 1818 he met F.L. Jahn in Berlin. He became famous for killing the poet and dramatist August von Kotzebue in his house in Mannheim because he considered Kotzebue to be an opponent of academical and national freedom. His deed led to the Carlsbad Decrees in which the student movements were suppressed in Germany.

His suicide attempt afterwards failed and on May 5, 1820 he was sentenced to death. Afterwards he was idealized and pieces of his scaffold were collected. Alexandre Dumas père wrote a story about the assassination ("Karl Ludwig Sand").

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The grave of Carl Ludwig Sand at the Hauptfriedhof, Mannheim.
Picture by Androom (27 feb 2000)


Sandberg, Herbert

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 29 Nov 2009